BOLD QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t know, but I put something together.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Morning Joe” on hosting “Meet the Press” this weekend. Only made more awkward because “MTP” host David Gregory was also simultaneously on “Morning Joe.”
“Morning-In rainy Central Park at lovely Boat House Cafe-thinking how fact Ft Hood shooter hails from beloved Puerto Rico exacerbates tragedy.” — FNC’s Geraldo Rivera.
Self-promotion in Washington!
“If my Newyorker.com piece whet your appetite to know more about Adelson et al…” — MSNBC Analyst Jonathan Alter, linking to his book on Amazon, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.
Speaking of self-promotion…
“It’s very good!” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz promoting his new eBook on “Morning Joe.”
David Letterman departs late night
“For all his irreverence, absurdity, stupid pet tricks, and mocking Top Ten Lists, David Letterman has been quite the bright light of joy himself. One may well wince with dread at the thought of it going out.” — Tom Shales on the retirement of David Letterman in The Daily Beast. Read the full story.
“Wow, @Letterman retiring. He’s been a significant force in my “later” career. Thanks, Dave!” — comedian Steve Martin.
A deadly time for journalists in Afghanistan
“Nils Horner, Sardar Ahmad and now Anja Niedringhaus. The last four weeks in Afghanistan have been appalingly deadly for journalists.” — Jerome Taylor, Hong Kong correspondent, Agence France-Press.
“@JoshElliott32 We had a great run. Good luck!” — ABC “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is leaving the show for NBC Sports.
“Deleted all my browsers and then threw all my electric equipment into the toilet. You can’t be too safe these days.” — Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review.
Slice of life
“A pretty, young woman sat next to my 5yo as he was drawing. “Can you write?” she asked. Then he scrawled “YOU SUK” and grinned. She laughed.” — Washington-based writer Melanie Renzulli.
Appointed Media Observer
TV journo forgets purse and makeup, can’t drive well
“Rough start to the morning for this girl, first forgot my purse, second forgot my makeup…. Just a matter of time till I realize what else. I don’t even want to mention how I totally hit a curb on the way…What am I 16? @chris_fox5dc people wonder why i always write on my hand.” — Fox5’s Kellee Azar.
MIKA AND HER GIRLS: “Loved the chance to introduce my girls to my dad’s boss!!..who has a great book #acalltoaction” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinksi, former President Jimmy Carter and her daughters.